Eshott Airfield

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Eshott Airfield

RAF Eshott (1942-1944)

Bockenfield Aerodrome
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorEshott Airfield Ltd.
LocationFelton, Northumberland
Elevation AMSL197 ft / 60 m
Coordinates55°16′46″N 01°43′05″W / 55.27944°N 1.71806°W / 55.27944; -1.71806Coordinates: 55°16′46″N 01°43′05″W / 55.27944°N 1.71806°W / 55.27944; -1.71806
Eshott Airfield is located in Northumberland
Eshott Airfield
Eshott Airfield
Location in Northumberland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 610 2,001 Asphalt
01/19 550 1,804 Grass
08/26 550 1,804 Asphalt

Eshott Airfield is a former British Royal Air Force (RAF) World War II airfield in Northumberland, England, 20 miles (32 km) north of Newcastle, and midway between Morpeth and Alnwick. It is also known as Bockenfield Aerodrome.

Eshott Airfield is home to two flying schools, Purple Aviation and Northumbria Microlights.

Purple Aviation operates two Evektor Eurostar EV-97 aircraft powered by a Rotax 912 engine along with one flexi-wing, the Pegasus Quik GT450. And talks have commenced upon the purchase of another aircraft.

Northumbria Microlights operates a Medway SLA-80, the only SLA-80 aircraft used in flight training in the British Isles.

Second World War[edit]

From 10 November 1942 during the Second World War it was home to No. 57 Operational Training Unit RAF. Training on Supermarine Spitfires was carried out there until the unit was transferred north to RAF Boulmer in August 1944.[1]

Modern use[edit]

Eshott is now used by recreational microlights and small, light aircraft. It has both tarmac and grass runways.

The airfield is now the home of over 40 aircraft and has a clubhouse building, parking, and three hangar blocks.


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